ARTIST NOTE: I have felt strongly led to utilize symbolism in my art work. There can be no doubt that what God has planned and prepared for his bride, the church, is unspeakably wonderful. "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him."
Abiding's Symbolism Explained
Christ's bride - the church..."His bride has made herself ready." (Revelation 19:7) We need to abide in God's presence until His ultimate purpose for all of creation is accomplished - His bride finally with Him for all of eternity.
The Hebrew letters "YHWH" formed the personal name of God in the Old Testament. Pronounced "Yahweh", the vowels were omitted because the name was considered too sacred to be spoken. The name is a form of the Hebrew verb "to be" and has the meaning of "the one who is always present."
SCRIPTURES ON THE STEPS:
Just as the scriptures on the face of the steps are surrounding Christ's bride, in like fashion, the truth of God's word surrounds the Christian with instruction, correction and encouragement, along with God's unfailing promises.
Luke 12:37 "...there will be great joy for those who are ready and waiting for His return. He himself [Jesus] will seat them and put on a waiter's uniform and serve them as they sit and eat!"
THE FOUNTAIN (TRINITY):
"Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." Revelation 22:17
CROWN:......Represents the Father. "The Father will receive the kingdom." 1 Corinthians 15:24
FIRE:...........Represents the Holy Spirit. "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit..." Acts 2:3
DOVE:..........Represents the Holy Spirit. "And He [Jesus] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove..." Matthew 3:16
FOUNTAIN BASE SCULPTURES
AND HEBREW INSCRIPTIONS:
PETER:.......Recall Peter's confession and the Lord's gift to him of the keys of the kingdom. Matthew 16:18-19
PAUL:..........Is symbolized by an open Bible and the sword of the Spirit.?
HEBREW:..Translation note: Hebrew text always reads from right to left. <= <=
the heavens and the earth Elohim (Gods) he-created In the beginning <= Genesis 1:1
"in the image of us man let us make" Then he said: <= Genesis 1:26
salvation-of-us God-of <= Psalm 85:4